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Pilgrim's Progress Retreat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania

Bedrooms 1
Property type apartment


About the property

Apartment, 1 Bedroom + Convertible bed(s), 1 Bath, (Sleeps 2-4)

NOTE: Due to some of our visitors not being fully transparent in their expectations, not researching where they want to vacation, what they want to do while on vacation, but expecting us to serve in a travel agent role for itineraries/event reservations/etc., we now require that all potential guests email us (njwhitfield95@gmail.com) to establish a mutual understanding before we accept any online bookings. As a benefit, we are pleased to offer cheaper, cost-effective rates for establishing a rapport. We love renting and truly hope you consider us for your next vacation.

This former upstairs apartment, now newly renovated upstairs home, is the perfect stay for taking a break from life's worries as well as providing easy access to all the local hospitality that Lancaster County has to offer.

When you enter the Spring room, large bay windows surround the North and East sides allowing you to see the Amish buggy teams clopping-by. At night, the open windows allow you to hear the relaxing sounds of the stream that runs just behind it.

Next is a well lit, yellow-pine, log den-library. Here you can can relax in the setting of Native American memorabilia, Westward artwork, and well crafted natural beauty displays while enjoying lighthearted reading.

There is a quaint bathroom providing a shower tub, pedestal sink, toilet, and recessed shelves...very nice.

Past the den-library is the dining room featuring a Pennsylvania German log chinked pattern with Americana motif. Wide beam wood flooring with forged nails. Enjoy eating on an 1800's beautiful dark oak trestle table. The simple lighting is especially calming at night and gives you a sense of early pioneering appreciation, spiritualness, and forging ahead towards good times.

Adjacent to the dining room lies a pleasant country kitchen which has a large counter-top kitchen sink, new stove, new fridge, and champagne glass lighting. There is plenty of cabinet space and a delightful hutch for all your basic kitchen needs.

Lastly, there is a spacious back bedroom with a soft decor and queen sized bed, windows that face to one of the last indigenous Conestoga tribe settlements, and a view of the valley where Amish are often seen working in the fields and Amish children can be seen splashing in the stream.

While it is true at Pilgrim's Progress Retreat, we do not boast having lots of entertainments such as cable television, DVD movies, game systems, table games, a whirlpool, etc., there is a modest sound system for enjoying music as well as WiFi Internet.

That being said when you're tired of the quiet life, historic Lancaster City beckons you participate in its various attractions such as movie cinemas, live theatres, neighboring amusement parks (Hershey Park, Dutch Wonderland), day trips to Gettysburg and Philadelphia, an amazing very nice in-the-country YMCA gym, golf courses galore, art galleries, fantastic museums, and a smorgasbord of restaurants to choose from.

More Details

Member since: 2012
Speaks English
Response time:
Within 12 hours
Response rate:
Calendar last updated:
17 August, 2017

About Owner/Manager

My wife and I have been married for 22 years. We are Mennonites with her family being descended from the Herrs of the early 1700's. I work as a physician assistant and my wife is a homemaker. We are into outdoor activities, farmette living, church functions, and enjoying our 3 children.

Owner/Manager purchased this apartment in 2005

Why Owner/Manager chose Pennsylvania

It came with the property and thought it would be a fun fixer-upper to invest in.

What makes this apartment unique

Cost-effective, quiet, pleasant get-away with amazing centralization to branch out for fun.


Accommodation and facilities for this holiday apartment in Conestoga in Manor

Property Type:
  • apartment
  • floor 2
  • Self-catering
House Rules:
  • Max. occupancy: 4
  • pets not allowed
  • non smoking only
Location Type:
  • mountain ...
  • waterfront ...
  • Budget
  • Romantic
  • Activities Guide
  • Air Conditioning
  • Ceiling Fans
  • Clothes Dryer
  • Hair Dryer
  • Heating ...
  • Internet ...
  • Linens Provided
  • Local Maps
  • Mobile Phone
  • Parking Off Street
  • Safe
  • Sofa Bed
  • Towels Provided
  • Washing Machine
  • 4 Ring Stove
  • Blender
  • Coffee Maker
  • Cooking Utensils
  • Kitchen
  • Microwave
  • Oven
  • Refrigerator
  • Hob ...
  • Dining Area
  • 1 Bathroom
  • Bathroom 1 - Toilet , Bath with Shower
  • 1 Bedroom, Sleeps 4
  • Bedroom 1 - 1 Large Double Bed , 1 Sofa bed/Futon , Full size sleeper sofa in Spring Room
  • Books
  • CD Player
  • Music Library
  • Radio
  • Stereo
  • Garden
  • Yard
  • not suitable for elderly or infirm
  • wheelchair inaccessible
Onsite Services:
  • Housekeeping
  • churches
  • cinemas
  • festivals
  • forests
  • live theatre
  • museums
  • playground
  • pond
  • restaurants
  • theme parks
  • winery tours
Leisure Activities:
  • antique hunting
  • bird watching
  • horse riding
  • photography
  • scenic drives
  • sight seeing
  • walking
Local Services & Businesses:
  • ATM/bank
  • fitness centre
  • groceries
Sports & Adventure Activities:
  • cycling
  • fishing
  • freshwater fishing
  • golf
  • hiking
  • hunting
  • rafting
  • swimming
  • water tubing
Surprisingly cool block structure with overhead fans eliminating dry, circulated air for Summer coolness. Baseboard heating to keep you warm in the Winter. Large open lot for parking. Den-library for reading. Large bay windows for watching the Amish at work in the fields.


Wonderful! 4.8/5 -
(37 traveller reviews)

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Pilgrim's Progress Retreat in Lancaster, Pennsylvania
average rating of 4.8378377 based on 37 reviews

Quiet and Comfortable

  • 5 of 5

We enjoyed our 2-night stay in peaceful Lancaster County. This apartment was surprisingly large and there was plenty of room for our group of 4 people. Although the location feels remote it is close to many local attractions. We visited Hershey, antique shops in Strasburg, and Pine View Dairy while we were here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 14, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Aug 2017
  • Source: VRBO, from HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are happy that not only did you hit some of the major highlights but you took in the local amenities as well. It blesses us to provide a respite for such as you. Glad the apartment exceeded expectations.
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Terrible Smell & Many Complaints!!

  • 1 of 5

Upon arrival when we first walked in we noticed that the downstairs smelled really strongly of animals or trash or something else but we weren't sure if it was just at that point and we thought it would only smell on the first floor but unfortunately it smelled the entire time. We smelled it upstairs after we were in the apartment. It made our trip very unpleasant. Then after it rained it smelled even stronger due to the humidity. This smell was NOT the outdoor farmland that the owner tried to blame it on. They do not notice it because they live there and are use to it.

The water temperature in the apartment was barely warm so no hot showers here.

Advertised as having wifi and yes you can connect but we could barely get 1 bar of service during our entire visit. We couldn't make calls or use the internet. We tried on our tablet and had the same wifi issue.

No blanket on the bed and the owner said we should have used the throw on the bench in the living room which was not big enough for the bed and smelled like the odor that was throughout the apartment.

There is no outlet in the bathroom so don't plan on plugging anything in there. The bathroom is not right next to the bedroom which makes it very inconvenient.

We wanted to leave the minute we walked into this unit and we should have but we were too far from home to turn around.

The owner lied many, many times during the times that we conversed and promised a refund. He told us he contacted Homeaway several times but that Homeaway closes at 4pm which is not true as Homeaway is open 24 hours a day. He said he left messages and again, Homeaway does not have voicemail.

We would leave zero stars but 1 is the least you can choose.

We would never recommend staying here.

  • Review Submitted: Aug 15, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
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Quaint getaway

  • 5 of 5

Clean and quiet.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 31, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: You did have a busy 48 hours between a Philly seminar, followed by a "Sight & Sound" show! A single night stopover is always so short but we are glad we could accommodate you. Thanks for the 5/5 star review for finding the rental charming, tidy, and peaceful. Safe Travels, Pilgrim's Progress Retreat
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The property was really nice

  • 4 of 5

We loved it . It was quiet, peaceful, and homey. It was clean and smelled fresh when we arrived. The owner met us as we pulled in the driveway. She was very nice and accommodating, answered all my questions. The property wasn't hard to find. We had fresh baked cookies waiting on us. The only concern we had, was no curtains in the den and the dining room. Also need more lighting in the kitchen. We had a wonderful, relaxing day at Pilgrims Progress Retreat. I recommend this place, very nice. Stay here is you want to relax and enjoy the peace and quiet.

Gina and Guy

  • Review Submitted: Jul 24, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Glad we could serve as your first vacation rental experience. Happy to know you liked the homemade chocolate chip cookies. We keep the dining room lighting subdued for preserving a wood-chinked authentic setting. The open adjacent kitchen however has 3 bright lights that work on a dimmer switch; we suggest adjusting them since we saw it was on low. Thanks for the comment recommending us for relaxing peace and quiet.
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It was immaculate and had everything we needed for our stay, and more

  • 5 of 5

We were graciously welcomed and given information about the area. A lovely, quiet environment.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 21, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: We are so glad that you had a great stay. Thanks for the supportive comments and for the 5 star rating!
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Spacious 1 bedroom apartment. Plenty of room for our family of 4.

  • 4 of 5

We stayed here for our daughter's wedding at Smoker's Farm, which was only about 4 miles away. Extremely convenient. The apartment was very clean. The only downside was the slow Wi-Fi connection. I would highly recommend.

  • Review Submitted: Jul 17, 2017
  • Date of Stay: Jul 2017
  • Source: HomeAway
Owner's Response: Thanks for your high recommendation. We're glad you found the rental spacious and convenient. Our guests after you mentioned the slow WiFi that occurred during the storm while you were here. We reset it and had no complaints. To any future vacationers, please feel free to bring-up any correctable concerns to help us improve your stay.
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Pilgrim's Progress Retreat is surrounded by numerous amenities such as museums, parks, restaurants, culture as well as nearby Gettysburg and Philadelphia.


Prices & Availability

Prices for this holiday apartment in Conestoga, USA

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Additional pricing information

NOTE: Visitors staying longer than 7 days, should call or email owner prior to requesting a booking to ensure availability. Rates are subject to change (typically, significantly lowered) for longer stays, especially for November - April months for those needing temporary business accommodations.

Owner's Cancellation Policy

Please ask the owner or check their rental agreement when booking the property.

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